REXSAC’s research is organized in ten interlinked Research Tasks.


Defining sustainable development: Indicators and assessment (RT1)

This research task will develop a set of sustainable development indicators that can be used for integrated environmental, social and economic assessment of the impacts…

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Impacts of multiple pressures on Arctic landscapes and societies (RT 2)

The combined effects of mining activities in areas that are experiencing rapid climate and environmental change are poorly understood. This Research Task aims to investigate…

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Governance structures for extractive industries: Identifying path dependencies (RT 3)

Governance structures for extractive industries in the Arctic are increasingly integrated in complex structures where international as well as national pressures are factored into mining…

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Transnational companies, indigenous peoples – the politics of Arctic mining (RT 4)

Mining has a long history in the Arctic – one that complicates present-day discussions about the industry’s role in creating a prosperous future for Arctic…

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Affective economies: How are places, communities and identities constructed? (RT5)

For centuries, extractive industries in the Arctic have been addressed, managed, encouraged, protested against and wished for. The primary paradigm fuelling these discussions has focused…

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Rewilding: The science and politics of environmental remediation (RT 6)

This research task will leverage ongoing research on the social and ecological dimensions of environmental restoration to better understand how post-mining processes can and should work. Three…

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Pyramiden water management

Material legacies as resources for sustainable futures: Tourism, infrastructures, heritage (RT 7)

This research task explores de-industrialization processes in Arctic communities, with a focus on how actors interpret and deal with legacies of extractive industries. The points…

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Co-existences: Recoding natural resources for future livelihoods (RT 8)

This research task explores alternatives to mining and post-extractive industries in the Arctic, with a primary focus on landscape engagements and multiple forms of livelihood…

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Scenarios as a tool for co-production of knowledge (RT9)

This research task will further develop participatory methodologies for producing locally relevant scenarios that can be used for exploring potential futures. A range of factors…

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Comparative global learning: Theorizing transitions to sustainable futures (RT10)

Sustainability pathways are always local, but lessons may nonetheless be learned from comparative studies. Long-term sustainability in Arctic communities affected by extractive industries can therefore…

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